Peter O’Brien is the executive director of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Peter works on multiple aspects of the Festival, including film review and selection, program organization, and fundraising and development. His professional experience prior to EFF includes work as a production assistant for a documentary filmmaker. Peter holds an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. in English from Harvard.
Peter’s top five:
1. C&O Canal National Park. It’s a great place to run or bike, and if you go at the right times you can often see a variety of wildlife, just minutes out of Georgetown.
2. National Gallery of Art East Building. One of the finest museum structures anywhere – entering the temple-like East Building is always a pleasure.
3. Ching Ching Cha. Slightly hidden away in Georgetown, this Chinese teahouse has an excellent selection of tea, each served in its traditional way by a knowledgeable staff.
4. Kramerbooks is a Washington classic. It’s a perfect place to meet people for a coffee or a drink, and has a strong and original selection of books.
5. My favorite event is of course the Environmental Film Festival – but the Smithsonian Folklife Festival would be next. It is thoughtfully organized and there are always some interesting surprises there from around the world.
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